When you connect an account to Outlook, you will need to enter your email and password so that Outlook can retrieve and send your emails. If you change your email password, you must also change the password in Outlook. You can also protect your data files with a password which you can change at any time as long as you know the original password. Finally, your Outlook.com password can also be changed by changing your Microsoft account password.
Method 1 of 3: Change the password of accounts connected to Outlook
Step 1. Click the File tab and select Info
This will display the account information page.
- If you are using Outlook 2003, click the menu Tools and select Email accounts.
Step 2. Click the Account Settings button
Then select the option Account settings. This will open a new window with all of your connected accounts.
- If you are using Outlook 2003, select the option View or change existing email accounts.
Step 3. Select the account whose password you want to change
Note that what you are changing is the password Outlook uses to access the account, not the current password for that account. If you want to change the password associated with your email account, you must do so through your email service. For example, to change your Gmail password, do it on the Gmail account recovery page, and update the password in Outlook.
If you want to change the password that protects your Outlook data files, go to the next section
Step 4. Click the Edit button
You will access the details of the account you have selected.
Step 5. Enter the password
Type the correct password in the field Password in the section Login Info.
Remember that this does not change your email password. This only changes the password that Outlook uses to access the account
Step 6. Click Next to save your settings and test the password
Outlook will test the account and try to connect to the account with the password you provided. If everything is correct, you will receive a congratulatory message.
Method 2 of 3: Change Outlook Data Files Password
Step 1. Click the File tab
Then select Information. This will open the page Account Info.
Outlook allows you to set a password for your Outlook Data File (PST). When a password is set for this file, it must be entered each time Outlook is opened for this account. To change this password, you must have the original Outlook password to open it. It is not possible to recover or change this password without knowing the original
Step 2. Click the Account Settings button
Then select the option Account settings. You will be taken to the account settings page.
Step 3. Click the Data File tab
This will display the information contained in your Outlook data file.
Step 4. Select Outlook Data File
Then click on Settings. This will open a new window with the parameters of the data file.
Step 5. Click the Change Password button
This button would not be available if you are using an Exchange account. Your Exchange account password will be used to protect your data.
Step 6. Enter your old password and create a new one
You will need to enter the original password and then enter the new password twice. It is impossible to change the password without knowing the original.
Method 3 of 3: Change the Outlook.com password
Step 1. Visit the Microsoft Password Reset page
Your email @ outlook.com (or @ hotmail.com, or @ live.com) is your Microsoft account. Changing the password for your @ outlook.com account will change the password for all Microsoft products for which you use this email including Windows, Skype, and Xbox Live.
You can start the password reset process at account.live.com/password/reset
Step 2. Select I forgot my password and click Next
The reset process will begin.
Step 3. Enter your Microsoft account and complete the captcha
The Microsoft account is the @ outlook.com address for which you want to change the password.
Step 4. Select the way to receive the reset code
There are several ways to receive the code depending on the recovery methods associated with your account. If you have a backup email address, the code can be sent to you at that address. If you have a phone number associated with the account, the code can be sent to you by SMS. If you have the Microsoft Account app installed on your device, you can use it to generate a code.
- If you don't have access to any of these, select I do not have access. You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to verify your identity.
Step 5. Enter the code you received
You will be taken to the password reset page.
Step 6. Enter your new password
You will be prompted to enter the password twice to continue. The new password will take effect immediately and you will be logged out of all your devices that are logged in with your old password.